George Leef

Director of Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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Another Dissent on the Idea that Economic Growth Depends on Having More College Grads

Nov 23, 2010 by George Leef |

In this LA Times op-ed, economics professor Shirley Svorny (Cal State Northridge) argues against the idea that if a state puts more kids through college, that will provide it with an economic boost. While the bigwigs in… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Are Universities Our “Engines of Innovation”?

Nov 22, 2010 by George Leef |

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp recently published a book in which he maintains that universities are the country's "engines of innovation." In today's Pope Center article, however, Jay Schalin runs that notion past a real… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Accreditation and Educational Quality

Nov 17, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I discuss the recent study done by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity on higher ed accreditation. The authors conclude that college accreditation served some useful… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

UNC Stonewalls Information Request on Faculty Research

Nov 15, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jay Schalin writes about the way the UNC English Department has stonewalled his efforts at gathering information on the research publications of faculty members. It seems that they don't want… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Colleges Just Can’t Avoid Rising Costs

Nov 10, 2010 by George Leef |

That, anyway, is an explanation we sometimes hear from the higher education establishment. Colleges are supposedly helpless victims of rising costs, particular because rising productivity elsewhere in the economy increases the… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

On the Understanding of Economics

Nov 09, 2010 by George Leef |

A recent Pope Center article in which a number of economics professors explained why they find that students comprehend the subject better if they avoid mathematics and focus exclusively on the logic of human action has raised… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Higher Education Needs the Creative Destruction of Capitalism

Nov 03, 2010 by George Leef |

That view is hardly surprising among the limited government types who frequent the NAS blog, but quite surprising when you hear it from a "progressive" writer. That's the case, however, with DIY U by Anya Kamenetz,… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Yes, You CAN Teach an Interesting Economics Course!

Nov 01, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jane Shaw writes about an event we sponsored last Friday, bringing together several econ profs to share their ideas on how to make the subject interesting to students. The crucial thing -- steer… Continue Reading | 4 Comments >

“Just the Facts, Ma’am”

Oct 27, 2010 by George Leef |

That's the approach the Pope Center is taking with the release today of a piece loaded with facts about higher education in the U.S. It is not something that flatters the educational establishment. Jenna Ashley Robinson writes… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The Glut of College Graduates

Oct 18, 2010 by George Leef |

Writing at the CCAP blog, Christopher Matgouranis shows how badly the U.S. has oversold college. He gives some Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the prevalence of college degrees among those working in occupations that most high… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Teaching College Students to Write

Oct 15, 2010 by George Leef |

Most college composition courses teach students "next to nothing" writes Troy Camplin in today's Pope Center piece. The problem is that most students have great deficits in their understanding of English thanks to their K-12… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

A Canadian Columnist Sees Through the College Hype

Oct 14, 2010 by George Leef |

David Warren writes for The Ottawa Citizen and has a firm grasp on the reality of higher education. Consider this column published Oct. 12. Is higher education a great, crucial investment in human capital? Here's what… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Manhattan Institute’s “Capitalism on Campus” Conference

Oct 13, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the "Capitalism on Campus" conference sponsored by the Manhattan Institute. It was a first-rate event that brought together scholars to discuss how capitalism fares these… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Sometimes They’re Right, But Don’t Call Them Scholars!

Oct 11, 2010 by George Leef |

That seems to be the dismissive approach of The New York Times when it turns out that a professor who favors the free market and opposes crony capitalism is proven to be right. Professor Jonathan Bean writes here about… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Jobs for College Grads

Oct 08, 2010 by George Leef |

Michael Mandel notes in this post that among recent college grads who have employment, the greatest number have government jobs. They probably produce little or no value; what they do may in fact impede the creation of value by… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

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